Update from Principal Hurley | Downsview

 

Greetings Blyth Families,

As per the government announcement today, schools in Toronto must continue learning virtually until February 10th.While we are sure everyone would prefer be learning in person at the school, we must follow the government direction to ensure the safety of all of our school community.

We will continue to run our virtual sports programming, providing our student-athletes with opportunities to continue developing their athletic skills and keeping them active through fitness training sessions. We will provide weekly schedule updates outlining the program for each week.

Wellness Wednesdays

To further support all of our students, staff and families through these challenging times, we have introduced Wellness Wednesdays. We will be posting activities/videos each Wednesday morning in the Fitness Training Edsby group and on the Edsby River for you to help with mindfulness and well-being. The first one will be posted tomorrow and is led by Ms. Charmley! These are a great opportunity to take a minute to reflect on how things are going and to support your success and well-being.

We look forward to continuing to support all students over the next several weeks of virtual learning! Keep an eye out for more exciting updates and initiatives as we continue to add to our programming!

Stay safe,

Adam Hurley
Principal
Blyth Downsview

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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